Flail

Flail

  • Interesting Facts and information about Medieval Flail used in warfare during the Middle Ages
  • Description of the Flail
  • Flail training
  • The Makers and Making of the Flail

Flail

A weapon used in the Middle Ages ( Medieval period ) by Knights and Foot Soldiers

     
   

Description of Flail
The weapons used during the Middle Ages include the Flail. The description of the Flail which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • Flail - The Medieval flails were used as armor-fighting weapons. The flail developed from a
    steel ball on a wooden handle, to an elaborately spiked steel war club
  • Both Knights on horseback and foot soldiers used flails
  • The Knights version of this weapon was generally smaller and lighter
  • The flail is a weapon used during the Middle Ages initially made of a spiked metal ball attached to a handle with a hinge or a chain
  • The Flail weapon was mounted on a short shaft
  • Multiple chains and balls were later attached to the shaft making the weapon even more formidable
  • The chain allowed the weapon to build up momentum before striking the enemy
  • The flail was highly effective as an offensive weapon but difficult to use in defence
  • A variation of the flail is a weapon called a chain mace leading to some confusion between these two Medieval weapons
  • Used as a versatile, close contact weapon
  • A blow could apply tremendous force
  • The weapon struck with force and momentum could apply significant injury to a knight in armor
  • The weapon was primarily used for bludgeoning an opponent and the hammer was particularly effective against opponents wearing plate armor and reducing the effectiveness of the shield
  • Type or group of weapons - Bludgeoning Weapon

The Middle Ages was an extremely violent era in history featuring battles in both Europe and the Holy Land when the crusades, and the crusaders who fought them, were numerous. Feudal Lords and Knights used such weapons as the Flail in different types of warfare. The quest for power led to invasions of lands and territories which had to be fought for. Siege warfare, waged to win a castle or a walled town or city, was a frequent occurrence during the Middle Ages. Warfare during the Middle Ages, or Medieval era called for a variety of weapon expertise. Knights and men-at-arms ( foot soldiers, or archers ) used different types of weapons. The Flail was predominantly used by Knights and Foot Soldiers. The weapons used were dictated according to status and position. The weapons, armor and horse of the Knight were extremely expensive - the fighting power of just one knight was worth 10 ordinary soldiers.

Flail Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The training required by Knights and Foot Soldiers
to use the Flail :

  • Training method - The training method practised in the use of the flail was based on strength and accuracy in hitting, or 'bashing' the target using momentum to increase the force
  • A "hit" was scored in Medieval weapons training by making light contact with a defined target area. A blunted or wooden weapon was used when practising with an opponent

The Makers and Making of the Flail
This Medieval weapon was made by a blacksmith. The materials required to make this weapon were:

  • Iron
  • Steel

Blacksmiths are usually associated with making weapons in a village smithy but blacksmiths were an important part of a fighting army, making new weapons and repairing and the maintenance of old weapons.

Flail
Each section of Middle Ages Weapons provides interesting facts and information about Medieval warfare in addition to the Flail. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of the Medieval period of the Middle Ages!

Flail

  • Middle Ages era, period, life, age and times
  • Middle Ages Castles, Knights, Crusaders, Crusaders and Weapons
  • Interesting Facts and information about Medieval Flail used in warfare during the Middle Ages
  • Description of the Flail
  • Weapon Training methods
  • The makers and making of the weapon

Flail

The Flail - History of Flail - Interesting Information about Flail - Flail Facts - Flail Info - Middle Ages Weapon - Middle Ages Weapon - Middle Ages Wepon - The Flail - Flail History - Information about Flail - Flail Facts - Flail Info - Knights weapon - Crusaders Weapon - Wepon - Training - Use - Makers - Crusades - Castle - Castles - Armor - Siege - Weapon training - The Flail - History of Flail - Information about Flail - Facts - Flail Info - Middle Ages Weapon - Middle Ages Weapon - Middle Ages Wepon - Flail History - Information about Flail - Facts about Flail and Info - Knights weapon - Crusaders Weapon - Wepon - Training - Use - Makers - Crusades - Castle - Armor - Siege - Weapon training - Written By Linda Alchin